28 Oct '14, 6pm

Water Wheels, Water Buffalos, And Microroasting In Toraja, Indonesia

From this experience, Pongrekun gained inspiration for a hand-built roaster powered by waterwheel. Upon moving back to Rantepao, he made his inspiration a reality and founded Toraja Mountain Coffee. The drum of his 1-kilo roaster is directly affixed to a waterwheel, turned at about 60rpm. The roaster is encased in steel plating in order to direct the heat and exhaust upwards through a chimney. Every once in a while, Eli checks his progress with the trier. When the roast is finished, the front swings open onto a sieve, a fan positioned beneath. As his wife Eviyanti makes pot after pot of coffee, I admire the workshop behind Hotel Pison, its shelves replete with various coffee effects from visitors; here a Hario v60 , there a pack of Chemex filters. Upon trying the coffee, both my comrade and I agree: this is the best coffee we’ve been served in Toraja, and served to us by t...

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